morpho

noun
mor·​pho | \ ˈmȯr-(ˌ)fō How to pronounce morpho (audio) \
plural morphos

Definition of morpho

: any of a genus (Morpho of the family Morphoidae) of large showy tropical American butterflies that typically have a brilliant blue metallic luster on the upper surface of the wings

Examples of morpho in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In its rooms, guests are greeted by a small wood and glass box with a blue morpho butterfly cocoon hanging from the top, waiting to emerge. Ali Wunderman, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2021 Evolving the farm into an in-room amenity was a natural next step for the blue morpho experts, initially for guests traveling with children. Ali Wunderman, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2021 Beyond orchids, seek out the garden’s many tropical plants and waterfalls At the Wings of the Tropics exhibit, butterflies like the blue morpho flutter overhead, looking like flowers in flight. Cameron Walker, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2021 The tiny scales on a morpho butterfly’s wings, for example, are covered with minuscule ridges that have cross-ribs—a little like the profile of a fir tree. Meg Wilcox, Scientific American, 13 Nov. 2020 The tiny device was inspired by the morpho butterfly's eyes, according to the study published in the journal Optica. Fox News, 16 Apr. 2018 The tiny device was inspired by the morpho butterfly's eyes, according to the study published in the journal Optica. Fox News, 16 Apr. 2018 The tiny device was inspired by the morpho butterfly's eyes, according to the study published in the journal Optica. Fox News, 16 Apr. 2018 The blue morpho that was stolen isn’t actually native to Madagascar, despite the exhibit's name. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of morpho

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for morpho

New Latin, from Greek Morphō, epithet of Aphrodite

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“Morpho.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/morpho. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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